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Appellate Court will present award honoring AANHPI lawyers

May 24, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — A STATE SENATOR AND A LEGAL AID DEFENDER will be receiving the second annual Hon. Randall T. Eng Award in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Presiding Justice Hector D. LaSalle of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department announced on Friday. Named in honor of former Presiding Justice Eng, this award recognizes the extraordinary work and achievements of individuals for their notable services in the Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities within the Second Judicial Department, which includes Brooklyn. This year’s award recipients will be New York State Senator Kevin M. Thomas and Chanwoo Lee, Esq.

Senator Kevin M. Thomas, who immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 10 years old, devoted his career to public service. He became the first Indian American in the New York State Senate in 2018 when he was elected to represent the 6th District in Nassau County. Chanwoo Lee, Esq., emigrated at age 11 with her family from her native South Korea, and earned her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. She currently serves as a Pro-Bono Attorney for the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, her parish, and other groups.

The Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, will join the Asian American Bar Association of New York and several other co-sponsors in presenting the awards at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, at 12:45 p.m.

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